[caption id="attachment_803737" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-803737" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Kusal-Perera_AFP.jpeg" alt="" width="628" height="426" /> Kusal Perera made 56 not out as Sri Lanka reached 166 for five at lunch, 138 runs short of a victory target of 304. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kusal-perera/">Kusal Perera</a> hit his second half-century of the match to keep <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sri-lanka">Sri Lanka</a>'s hopes alive on the fourth day of the first Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/south-africa">South Africa</a> on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>Perera made 56 not out as Sri Lanka reached 166 for five at lunch, 138 runs short of a victory target of 304. (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/sri-lanka-in-south-africa-2019-200896/live-scores/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-live-cricket-score-1st-test-match-186659-summary.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>FULL SCORECARD: 1st TEST</strong></a>) <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dale-steyn/">Dale Steyn</a> made South Africa's only breakthroughs on a hot, humid morning at Kingsmead when he took two wickets in the space of three balls in the tenth over of the day. <p></p> <p></p>Steyn had Oshada Fernando caught at second slip by Faf du Plessis after the debutant made 37 and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 58 with Perera. Two balls later Niroshan Dickwella pushed forward to Steyn and the bowler held a sharp, right-handed return catch. (<strong>ALSO READ; <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-1st-test-day-3-well-need-patience-to-beat-sri-lanka-says-duanne-olivier-803546">We'll need patience to beat Sri Lanka, says Duanne Olivier</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>South Africa were without opening bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vernon-philander/">Vernon Philander</a>, who was sidelined on Saturday with what was described as a "hamstring niggle". <p></p> <p></p>The left-handed Perera, who made top score of 51 in the first innings, was joined by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dhananjaya-de-silva/">Dhananjaya de Silva</a> (25 not out) in a sixth wicket partnership which was worth 56 at lunch. Perera had faced 91 balls and hit seven fours.